Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Adventurous Kate Rides a Donkey; Hilarity Does Not Ensue

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When visiting the incredible site of Petra in Jordan, you MUST visit the Monastery.  It’s a bit of a hike to get to it, but so worth it. It’s just as impressive as the Petra’s most famous building, the Treasury, but its remote location keeps the crowds away. The views at the top are unforgettable, too.

One way to get up is walking — and it’s a pretty long but doable hike.  Matt from LandLopers struggled but succeeded getting to the top.  Ayngelina from Bacon is Magic broke her hiking ban to do it.

Me?  I decided to take a donkey up instead.  I figured the novelty factor paid off for the laziness.  Ibrahim told me taking a donkey uphill and walking down is easier and the best choice overall.  Since I will take that man’s advice on just about anything related to Jordan, I agreed.

And the statement that is reiterated to me again and again on my travels proved true once again:

Just because it’s easier, it doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Holy crap, riding a donkey up stairs is HARD!  You’re jostled all over the place and you’ll fall off if you don’t hunch over and hold on tightly.

And it’s terrifying — for some reason, the donkey insists on walking on the very edge of the stairs, and if you fall off, you’ll plunge to a serious neck injury if not your death.

“He’s going to step off the edge!” I kept shrieking to my guide, Haldoun.

“It’s okay, the donkey knows the way!” he would reply, in between telling me stories about his American girlfriend.  (“She moves so fast, Basma!  I know her one day and she wants to kiss me!”)

I was giving Haldoun relationship advice while filming, attempting not to fall off, and biting my lip to keep from laughing.

It was the furthest thing from graceful, and probably the least attractive I’ve ever looked.  But I couldn’t stop laughing!

The video:

All I can say is that if you decide to ride a donkey to the Monastery in Petra, you better know what you’re getting into!  It should cost you about 5 JD ($7.50 USD) if you get a good bargain.  A tip is nice, too.  I gave Haldoun an extra 2 JD for the hilarity.

Taking a donkey? Odd, but very much worth it.

Many thanks to the Jordan Tourism Board for hosting me in Jordan.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

Comments

18 Responses to “Adventurous Kate Rides a Donkey; Hilarity Does Not Ensue”
  1. Abhijit says:

    When I was a kid, I rode a mule up a famous pilgrimage trail in India.. and it was a scary experience! Also, riding a mule/donkey while coming back down is way way more scary, and I would advise against it.

  2. Laura says:

    I walked up the stairs because I couldn’t imagine taking a donkey up them! Isn’t it just beautiful though?! I love how you apologized to your mom in the video… haha

  3. At least you’re wearing pants. I did an hour horse ride trekking through Costa Rica in some thin shorts. Not exactly ideal wear for horse riding.

  4. Tamsin says:

    After that…I think I’d rather walk! Great video though, loved the apology too! haha.

  5. Amanda says:

    Haha, “I am hunching for good reason now.” – Love it! Also love that people were taking photos of you at the end.

    After seeing and reading this, I think I might just brave the stairs instead! But at least it made a great adventurous story for you!

  6. Haha, I would have been shrieking the whole time too :D

  7. Dan Thompson says:

    Ah man!! Another place you’ve been that I’m totally jealous of. Would love to go to Jordan one day.

    Funny stuff as usual!

    Dan

  8. ayngelina says:

    I rode a mule up Colca Canyon in Peru and they are ledge walkers making it ridiculously scary.

  9. Monica says:

    This is absolutely hilarious. I love it.

  10. Hahahahha, oh Kate, you look totally terrified the whole time! The scenery looks amazing though and your guide looks like one of those really friendly Arabic blokes, hope you had a great time.

  11. Rachel says:

    haha I rode donkeys down the side of a cliff like hill in Mykonos, Greece and had a similar experience. I was told to “trust the donkey” … ! haha and although slightly scary at the time, it makes a great story later!

  12. Shaun says:

    LoL! Have to do this when I visit petra.

    The area surrounding looks so interesting. Can’t wait to read more!

  13. Just wanted to say that I rode a donkey recently in Santorini and I found it easy and fun! I’m not boasting or anything, it’s just a donkey not heart surgery :)

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